Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown

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October 20, 2017–January 7, 2018
East Gallery

Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown
 from The Crown, was the first in a new Winterthur exhibition series entitled Eye on the Iconic, and featured the replica coronation gown worn in episode five, “Smoke and Mirrors,” of the Netflix series The Crown, a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Like the richly symbolic centuries-old coronation ceremony, the coronation dress is iconic—one of the most celebrated dresses of the 20th century and a symbol of a historical moment witnessed by millions around the world. The replica dress is also a true icon, created in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.   
Visitors to the exhibition viewed this very special dress and experienced the rich connections an object like this one makes between the Queen, her people, and the world through the celebration and memory of important historical moments.


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Photo courtesy Alex Bailey, The Crown, Netflix

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